What's the Right Electric Guitar Amp for Me?

No matter what your six-string poison, there are a plethora of options available to get your sound LOUD. From small modelling practice combos to heavy-duty touring-ready rigs, Jazz amps to high-gain monsters, beginner to seasoned pro, it's important to make sure you're getting the right amp for the right purpose and sound. 

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Gift Ideas for the Difficult Musician

If I'm anything like your typical musician, I'm terrible to buy presents for. Anything musical that I need, I usually do all the research and buy it for myself. It's not that I don't trust my friends or family to choose wisely... Okay. I don't trust them to get exactly what I want. So time to put myself in your shoes, the gift buyer. If your recipient has remained tight lipped about their Birthday or Christmas wishes, here are some surefire ways of making sure they have a genuine smile on their face when they open the wrapping.

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Tommy's Bass Blog: Pro-Level Bass Amplifiers from MarkBass

Todays Bass Blog is about high end bass amplification - "Pro" gear. At Ellaways we like to cater for everyone from beginner to touring professional, and at the top of tree for bass players we have the distinctively yellow-trimmed MarkBass. Manufactured in Italy, with all the style you would expect from the Italians, MarkBass is simply world class any way you look at it. World class tone, reliability and looks.

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My First Drum Kit: Acoustic vs. Electric

Ah, drums. The backbone of every great band. The thump in your chest at a music festival, the impossibly complex rhythms at a jazz club, the first two bars of Billie Jean that have you up and dancing without conscious effort. No wonder you want to be a drummer! But where do we start? What are the first things an aspiring drummer needs?

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Staff Review: D'Addario NYXL Bass Strings

When it comes to bass strings I am a purist - they are going on a treasured 69' Jazz and my tone is non-negotiable. I have been using the same handwound strings for 25 years. Nothing has ever come close. I've tried them all.

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